Aunt paroled in 1983 murder of niece, 5, in NY

Apr 16, 2009 Full story: The Associated Press 15

A woman who suffocated her 5-year-old niece with a plastic bag on Long Island more than a quarter-century ago has been paroled, over her family's protest.

State parole officials say Kathleen Mary Conway left a Manhattan prison Thursday and went to an unidentified housing facility somewhere in Suffolk County.

Conway was 26, unemployed and living in her older sister's spare bedroom when she killed Sherrie Johnston in the girl's Lake Ronkonkoma home in June 1983.

Conway told investigators she killed the child out of anger at the family. She pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison.

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Truthseeker

Budd Lake, NJ

#1 May 20, 2009
I personally know Kathy and let me tell you there are two sides to every story. Her family knows darn well what drove her to commit such a bizarre crime. They are an extremely dysfunctional family in denial of the hienous sexual abuse inflicted on this poor woman. I consider it an honor to be Kathy's friend and I'm glad she has been granted the taste of freedom the the state of NY says she deserves. No one wants to tell the truth so I am in your face with it. Deal with it.
edith

Baltimore, MD

#2 Jul 14, 2009
I just found out (July, 2009 -) that Kathy has been paroled, and am so happy Kathy is now free. I have known Kathy since 1977. She is really an amazing lady with many gifts. There ARE two sides to every story. The account above is the first time I heard her side (I have been out of the country most of the past 17 years and had lost most contact.)
Right

Edison, NJ

#3 Feb 12, 2011
Truthseeker wrote:
I personally know Kathy and let me tell you there are two sides to every story. Her family knows darn well what drove her to commit such a bizarre crime. They are an extremely dysfunctional family in denial of the hienous sexual abuse inflicted on this poor woman. I consider it an honor to be Kathy's friend and I'm glad she has been granted the taste of freedom the the state of NY says she deserves. No one wants to tell the truth so I am in your face with it. Deal with it.
So Sherrie, a 5 year old child, was rightfully murdered because this "poor woman" couldn't deal with her own problems? Regardless of what was done to her, was it right what she did to Sherrie? What about her side of the story?

“pffft”

Since: Jan 11

blue point.

#4 Feb 13, 2011
Mastic mastic beach and Shirley.
Truthseeker

Bayport, NY

#5 Feb 13, 2011
There is no justification in taking Sherrie's life. That's why the punishment was meted out in the form of 20 years incarceration. The law says that's enough for Kathy and so that's it. Period. What's left is the present and everyone trying to live their lives. If you are a family member have you spoken to her? If not, why not? The present is all we have. Yesterday is gone. If anger and bitterness is taking it's toll on your life then it's time to try something new. The new thing is called forgiveness. Think you'll be letting her off the hook by forgiving? Doesn't work that way. What you will find is for the first time you will begin to heal.
Baltimore

Baltimore, MD

#6 Feb 13, 2011
Right wrote:
<quoted text>
So Sherrie, a 5 year old child, was rightfully murdered because this "poor woman" couldn't deal with her own problems? Regardless of what was done to her, was it right what she did to Sherrie? What about her side of the story?
No, what was done to Sherie was NOT right. Thank you....you are right. I am wrong. I stand corrected. I was letting sentimentality towards a long standing friendship get in the way of right thinking with God. In another country Kathy would have been executed..... It took Kathy over 20 years (shortly before she was released) to finally admit RESPONSIBILITY ... which I guess is different from admitting guilt.(Kathy HAD admitted doing it....but said it was because of being abused.) Thank you for correcting me. I have not heard from Kathy since she was in Bayview.
A family member

Amherst, NH

#7 Sep 6, 2011
I am DISGUSTED at these responses. Sherrie was a defenseless 5-year-old. I don't care what she was subjected to, there is NO excuse in the world to murder a baby. I've grown up without Sherrie in my life and living in constant fear that Kathy would come for me too. The nightmares consumed me. She should have been executed and made to suffer the way Sherrie did. I hope she rots in HELL, where she belongs.
Baltimore

Baltimore, MD

#8 Sep 7, 2011
A family member wrote:
I am DISGUSTED at these responses. Sherrie was a defenseless 5-year-old. I don't care what she was subjected to, there is NO excuse in the world to murder a baby. I've grown up without Sherrie in my life and living in constant fear that Kathy would come for me too. The nightmares consumed me. She should have been executed and made to suffer the way Sherrie did. I hope she rots in HELL, where she belongs.
Family member--you are right--I am so very, very wrong. I grieve for you and your family and what you went through and are going through-- Sherrie would be 33 years old now-- I often wonder what she would be doing had she lived.
Broken Hearted

Medford, NY

#9 May 19, 2012
This is for truthseeker
You suggest talking to her? The person that last saw her alive, the person who deliberately suffocated a beautiful innocent girl? What the hell would I want to say....that's ok...you did what you had to do to make some sense out of your own life. You talk about healing....what do you know of healing the pain of a murdered child by your own sister.
Get off your soap box, comment only on the facts not what she wants the world to believe.
Justice for Sherrie

Melbourne Beach, FL

#10 Dec 7, 2014
First I must say I don't care who has had any sexual crimes against them. You don't take a child's life because of it. She Is a piece of garbage and she ruined my life and my family's. You say you know the truth well then you have misinformed. Do not come on here and try and justify the murder of my sister with that garbage
Justice for Sherrie

Melbourne Beach, FL

#11 Dec 7, 2014
How can you all come on here and justify the fact that a 5 yr old was murdered and now you all are happy she gets her freedom. Where is my sisters freedom.. Where is my sisters life. What rights did my sister have when she Covered her mouth with tape. Tied her hands and feet together, put a plastic bag over her head and taped it shut then shoved the beautiful baby under a daybed then close the bed, walk out of the house and lock the damn door then walk down the street to leave her to suffocate. Where you tell me how a women who did that is just wonderful. To this day she cant even give a damn answer to why she did it. She cant cause she is crazy and horrible.
Justice for Sherrie

Melbourne Beach, FL

#12 Dec 7, 2014
Thank You.. My sisters rights where taken away and she can never ever speak for what was done to her.
Justice for Sherrie

Melbourne Beach, FL

#13 Dec 7, 2014
A family member wrote:
I am DISGUSTED at these responses. Sherrie was a defenseless 5-year-old. I don't care what she was subjected to, there is NO excuse in the world to murder a baby. I've grown up without Sherrie in my life and living in constant fear that Kathy would come for me too. The nightmares consumed me. She should have been executed and made to suffer the way Sherrie did. I hope she rots in HELL, where she belongs.
I couldn't say it better
Justice for Sherrie

Melbourne Beach, FL

#14 Dec 7, 2014
Truthseeker wrote:
There is no justification in taking Sherrie's life. That's why the punishment was meted out in the form of 20 years incarceration. The law says that's enough for Kathy and so that's it. Period. What's left is the present and everyone trying to live their lives. If you are a family member have you spoken to her? If not, why not? The present is all we have. Yesterday is gone. If anger and bitterness is taking it's toll on your life then it's time to try something new. The new thing is called forgiveness. Think you'll be letting her off the hook by forgiving? Doesn't work that way. What you will find is for the first time you will begin to heal.
What do you know. Do you have a 5 yr old sister that was taken away. Do you know what its like to wake up one day and find out she is gone. Do you know what that has done to our lives. To my brother, or my sister and myself. How can you say forgive so you can heal. There is no healing for us. There is nothing, there is sincere bitterness for the women who got the right to go to college while in prison then get out to live her life. What about my sister who never got to experience life. Never got to live the first of anything. She will never graduate high school, she will never drive a car she will never go to college or have a boy friend or a best friend and never know how nice life can be. Could you imagine being helpless and having to lay there as the air out of her lungs are gone and she slowly dies. Can you imagine the panic she must have been feeling. Well you take those imagine and you live with them the rest of your life and see how you would want to heal.
Lili

Coram, NY

#15 Dec 26, 2014
I cannot understand how they can let such a monster out of prison. Would the parole board want this animal to be living next door to their children?! That beautiful, innocent 5 year old defenseless child was so viciously murdered by her Aunt! Murdered by someone who should have done everything in her power to protect and nurture that innocent child. Instead she took that child's life to hurt her sister.
My prayers go out to this family. How awful it must be to realize such evil was among them.

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